Margaret Gradwell Slabbert
Margaret Gradwell Slabbert was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1956. She attended University of Pretoria and join the teaching staff of the Department of Fine Arts and History of Art at the University Of Pretoria in 1980 and was appointed Associate Professor of the Department of Visual Arts in 1999.
Margaret serves on several boards at the University and at other institutions. Amongst these are the Arts Advisory Committee of the University of Pretoria and the Pretoria Metro Museum Advisory Committee of City Council of Pretoria.
Her first solo exhibition in 1983 was held in Pretoria and since then she has held several more in various centres across South Africa and USA with the most recent in 2008. She accepts invitations to participate in at least four group exhibitions at prominent galleries every year.
The work of Margaret Gradwell is represented in most corporate and diplomatic collections in South Africa as well as in many private collections. She is also represented in the art collections of tertiary institutions in South Africa such as the University of Stellenbosch in the Cape Province, UNISA (University of South Africa) Business School in Midrand, Gauteng, the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria. In addition, many art museums have her works in their collections, most prominent amongst them being the Pretoria Art Museum and, abroad, in the National Museum for Women in Art, Washington DC, in the United States of America. The largest banking consortium in South Africa, ABSA Bank, commissioned her works for their corporate headquarters in Johannesburg as well as for their branches countrywide.